SPRINGFIELD — Barks & Brews at Home, a virtual event, will be presented by Dakin Humane Society on Sunday, Oct. 4 beginning at 4 p.m. Participants will be able to vote for the winning videos in two contests — the Funniest Home Videos: Pet Edition and the Tails Talent Show — and receive a commemorative 2020 Barks & Brews T-shirt, two beer tokens from event sponsor Fort Hill Brewery, and chances to win prizes, as well as join in the interactive event. Tickets are $30 per person and are on sale at dakinhumane.org.
Anyone is welcome to submit videos for consideration in the two contests. Funniest Home Videos: Pet Edition will feature silly or comical videos of pets, while the Tails Talent Show shines a spotlight on pets with a particular talent. The deadline to submit videos for either competition is Tuesday, Sept. 15. Detailed information about submissions can be found at bit.ly/2XSbsCH.
“We are obviously taking Dakin’s most successful and well-attended event in a whole new direction,” said Stacey Price, director of Development and Marketing. “If we can’t be together in person, we want to present an event that will make everyone feel connected to each other, and to the wonderful animals in our community. Dakin supports the human-animal bond every day through its services and programs, and we hope many will gather online with us for a fun-filled Barks & Brews event that will help us to continue our mission to improve the lives of animals in need and the people who care about them.”
In addition to the video contests, the event will feature the Dakin Humane Awards. Five individuals will be honored for their various contributions to the health and welfare of animals. Among them will be the recipient of the Youth Award, which recognizes someone age 16 or younger whose compassion makes a difference in the life of an animal and makes the world a kinder and gentler place.
In addition to Fort Hill Brewery, sponsors of the 2020 Barks & Brews at Home event include Gage Wiley, Finck & Perras, and River Valley Co-op.